18-year-old Andrew Bernsten
RENO, NV - A man seen touching himself in various places in Sparks is now in custody.
Eighteen-year-old Andrew Bernsten was first reported sticking his hands down his pants in public July 2011, near the dog park at the Sparks Marina.
In November and January, twice witnesses report seeing him do the same thing at a Blockbuster video store on Vista Drive. He was seen by employees right outside the store's windows.
In all three cases Bernsten was positively identified by witnesses.
Thursday, Detectives from Sparks P.D. were alerted by an employee of Sparks Municiple Court that Bernsten was there to face unrelated charges. Sparks Detectives with the assistance of the Regional Sex Offender Unit (RSONU) located Bernsten at court and arrested him without incident on multiple counts of Lewdness.
He is currently being held at the Washoe County Detention Facility on a $10,000.00 cash only bail.
Detectives have learned that there may be similar unreported cases involving Bernsten in the City of Sparks. He commonly walked around the business areas in Sparks asking citizens for money and cigarettes.
If you have any information about these cases or any of the unreported cases please contact the Sparks Police Department Detective Division at 775-353-2225, Sparks P.D. at 775-353-2231 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.